By Lynne Olson, Stanley Cloud
A query of Honor is the gripping, little-known, and brilliantly advised tale of the ratings of Polish fighter pilots who helped retailer England throughout the conflict of england and in their attractive betrayal through the U.S. and England on the finish of global warfare II.
Centering on 5 pilots of the well known Kosciuszko Squadron, the authors convey how the fliers, pushed via their passionate wish to free up their fatherland, got here to remember one of the such a lot heroic and profitable fighter pilots of global struggle II. Drawing at the Kosciuszko Squadron’s unofficial diary–filled with the fliers’ own studies in combat–and on letters, interviews, memoirs, histories, and pictures, the authors deliver the boys and battles of the squadron vividly to existence. We stick to the significant characters from their education sooner than the struggle, via their hair-raising get away from Poland to France after which, after the autumn of France, to Britain. We see how, first handled with disdain by means of the RAF, the Polish pilots performed a very important position through the conflict of england, the place their daredevil ability in enticing German Messerschmitts in shut and lethal strive against whereas keeping the planes of their personal teams quickly made them mythical. And we research what occurred to them after the struggle, while their nation was once deserted and passed over to the Soviet Union.
A query of Honor additionally supplies us a revelatory historical past of Poland in the course of global warfare II and of the various millions within the Polish defense force who fought with the Allies. It tells of the country’s endless fight opposed to either Hitler and Stalin, its lengthy conflict for independence, and the tragic cave in of that dream within the “peace” that undefined. robust, relocating, deeply concerning, [i]A query of Honor is a huge addition to the literature of worldwide conflict II.
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To take part in a round table discussion of inter-governmental indebtedness arising out of the war’. As it was ‘hopeless’ to expect any counterbalancing receipts from Germany or their Allied debtors in the near future, he also warned that Britain needed to resign itself to the need to pay America from its own resources or risk ‘driv[ing] European public finance deeper into the slough and increase unemployment in the British Isles’ – a serious prospect when 1,543,000 were already without work. Yet for all that, Horne was convinced they should fund the debt (and soon) on the grounds that they were bound to do so and that for the foreseeable future no President was likely to cancel or remit Britain’s debts.
The strongest argument against funding’ Horne explained, ‘is that, while we have nothing to gain by it in regard to our own Budget, we are giving up our strongest weapon for forcing the United States . . to take part in a round table discussion of inter-governmental indebtedness arising out of the war’. As it was ‘hopeless’ to expect any counterbalancing receipts from Germany or their Allied debtors in the near future, he also warned that Britain needed to resign itself to the need to pay America from its own resources or risk ‘driv[ing] European public finance deeper into the slough and increase unemployment in the British Isles’ – a serious prospect when 1,543,000 were already without work.